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Annotation
To see the video on how to use screen annotation click here. 

Virtually all interactive whiteboard software comes with an annotation feature; 2Touch’s can be found within Workbook under the tools toolbar along the top of the page. The basics behind screen annotation are simple, it lets you draw over the top of any program you have running on your computer and then save it all as an image within your whiteboarding software. 

Video
Interactive whiteboards take video analysis to a whole new level with the ability to stop video and annotate over it using virtual ink. 
You can then take snapshots of the screen (including the video and virtual ink annotations) and send them back to your workbook page. You then have a record of the various notes made at certain times of the film. 
The use of video is ideal of classes that are looking at technique (high jump, golf swings etc), film reviews, drama, etc.. Don’t forget that you don’t just have to use professional films you can use your own, or your students, recordings. 

Google Earth and other free applications 

The internet is full of free applications that can add something different to your teaching experience. The ability to rotate, zoom, and annotate on the earth and it’s many features makes programs like Google Earth perfect for interactive whiteboards. 

Interactive Websites 

Websites of National geographic, Time, discovery channel, contain educational sections that are often full of interactive games and videos. 

Create scenes
Use your interactive whiteboard and software to re-create famous battle scenes or sports plays. Simply give yourself a background (a map, or field), a few soldiers/players and then recreate the movements of either side by dragging and drawing over the scene. 

Brainstorming 

Interactive whiteboards are ideal from creating multi-layered brain storms. The use of brain storming features, like Workbook’s connector function in the Mode Select toolbar, provides you with the ability to show connections between ideas within a page – including pictures and sound files. You can also hyperlink ideas on the page to other pages within your lesson file or outside files like internet pages, video, sound, documents, previous lessons. 

Basic Games
Using drag and drop features allow for you to create basic activities such as: 

 Matching 
 Labelling 
 Grouping 
 Sorting 
 Gap filling 
 Ordering 

Although they’re basic activities they can be applied to many different subject fields. Biology – parts of a cell, geography – layers of earth etc. 

Team Quiz 

Try running a team based quiz show style question session. There is a huge amount of free to use interactive games (Jeopardy, etc) to get your class involved with the lesson. 

Revisiting 

The brilliance of using an interactive whiteboard is that you can save any everything you do, giving you the opportunity to revisit it later on in the week or later on in the year. 

Sharing the lesson 

Once your lesson is complete you have the ability to not only save the notes but to convert them to a pdf file and email them off to your students. 

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Format chose Zinterlock as the easiest, most consistent and cost-effective way to flush mount cabinetry onto walls.

Manzana Xorro Christmas 2015
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This summer, the University of Auckland Department of Civil Engineering has supplied eight student interns to work with Xorro on developing a targeted learning solution. These interns have been working alongside another seven interns from Massey University contributing to product development in Xorro Workboook and Xorro-Q projects.

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This week Xorro releases version 2.2 of its Workbook whiteboarding software, co-branded Alphateach in the UK and Europe. The new version includes features such as PDF import, enhanced design of the ruler tool, added grid functions and much more.

Student response systems in use in class
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Recently we followed up with Dr Michael Rehm from University of Auckland’s Business School, on how he uses student response systems such as Xorro Q in his courses.

Label questions in Xorro-Q
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In September Xorro quietly released Label questions for the Xorro-Q audience assessment platform. Label questions provide a flexible and fast assessment tool suited to any topic.

Flexiroller, BalanceBox, Zinterlock
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Whether it’s raising an 84″ display to above head height for crowds, or bringing 55″ interactive screens within easy reach of pre-schoolers, better design adds up to winning flexibility, sturdiness and safety. Getting it wrong means less value from your display, and substantial costs and safety issues. We take a look at the latest & best options for securing, lifting and moving large displays, keeping safety and durability foremost.

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This week, after months of beta testing and progressive improvements, Xorro finally released version 2.0 of the powerful whiteboarding software Workbook (also branded Alphateach and Imergo Aqua in other markets). Workbook was originally written by 2Touch for use with 2Touch interactive whiteboards. Since 2013, Xorro has taken over all software related developments, and today Xorro Workbook is […]

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Xorro-Q provides a simple game-like context that motivates students to practice algebra concepts. Using any browser (no plug ins or downloads needed) your students can “play” a problem-based algebra activity set by you. Xorro-Q’s Free Facilitator is ideal (and free) for groups of less than 33 participants. Test your own linear algebra skills on the sampler in the article. Then read on to find the simple instructions to get underway with your own Free Facilitator access.

Zinterlock: your secure mounting solution
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Manzana and 2Touch Australia have developed Zinterlock: an extremely low-cost, ultra-secure yet very simple flush-mount solution for mounting large, heavy, fragile or valuable items onto walls.